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Second Substitute H.B. 176

Senator Wayne L. Niederhauser proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
AUDIT OF STATE BUDGETS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: LaVar Christensen

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill requires the Office of Legislative Auditor General to audit certain state
             10      executive branch entities' budgets.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires the Office of Legislative Auditor General to audit entities in the executive
             14      branch as directed by the Legislative Audit Subcommittee;
             15          .    directs submission of audit reports;
             16          .    defines the responsibilities of the Office of Legislative Auditor General in
             17      conducting those audits; and
             18          .    provides a repeal date.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          This bill appropriates:
             21          .    to Legislature - Office of the Legislative Auditor General, as an ongoing
             22      appropriation:
             23              .    from the General Fund, $100,000, subject to intent language stating that the
             24      appropriation be used to conduct certain audits.
             25      Other Special Clauses:


             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      ENACTS:
             29          36-12-15.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30          63I-2-236, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 36-12-15.1 is enacted to read:
             34          36-12-15.1. Budgetary appropriation audits.
             35          (1) As used in this section, "entity" means an entity in the executive branch that
             36      receives a ongoing line item appropriation in an appropriations act.
             37          (2) The Office of Legislative Auditor General shall:
             38          (a) each year perform an audit of at least two entities' appropriations, in addition to
             39      other audits performed by the Office of Legislative Auditor General, that evaluates:
             40          (i) the extent to which the entity has efficiently and effectively used the appropriation
             41      by identifying:
             42          (A) the entity's appropriation history;
             43          (B) the entity's spending and efficiency history; and
             44          (C) historic trends in the entity's operational performance effectiveness;
             45          (ii) whether the entity's size and operation are commensurate with the entity's spending
             46      history; and
             47          (iii) whether the entity is diligent in its stewardship of state resources;
             48          (b) if possible, incorporate the audit methodology described in Subsection (2)(a) in
             49      other audits performed by the Office of Legislative Auditor General;
             50          (c) conduct the audits described in Subsection (2)(a) according to the process
             51      established for the Audit Subcommittee created in Section 36-12-8 ;
             52          (d) after release of an audit report by the Audit Subcommittee, make the audit report
             53      available to:
             54          (i) each member of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and
             55          (ii) the governor or the governor's designee; and
             56          (e) summarize the findings of an audit described in Subsection (2)(a) in:


             57          (i) a unique section of the legislative auditor general's annual report; and
             58          (ii) a format that the legislative fiscal analyst may use in preparation of the annual
             59      appropriations no later than 30 days before the day on which the Legislature convenes.
             60          (3) The Office of Legislative Auditor General shall consult with the legislative fiscal
             61      analyst in preparing the summary required by Subsection (2)(e).
             62          (4) The Legislature, in evaluating an entity's request for an increase in its base budget,
             63      shall:
             64          (a) review the audit report required by this section and any relevant audits; and
             65          (b) consider the entity's request for an increase in its base budget in light of the
             66      agency's prior history of savings and efficiencies as evidenced by the audit report required by
             67      this section.
             68          Section 2. Section 63I-2-236 is enacted to read:
             69          63I-2-236. Repeal dates -- Title 36.
             70          Section 36-12-15.5 is repealed July 1, 2013.
             71          Section 3. Appropriation.
             72          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
             73      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated out of the
             74      funds or accounts indicated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30,
             75      2012. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2012.
             76          To Legislature - Office of the Legislative Auditor General
             77          From General Fund                                $100,000
             78          Schedule of Programs:
             79              Administration                $100,000
             80          The Legislature intends that the Legislative Auditor General use the appropriation to
             81      conduct the audits described in Section 36-12-15.1 .


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